A Day to Remember at the Pavilion
Arriving at the UIC Pavilion at 5 in the afternoon was a bit early for the concert that would be on later that night, but Jeremy McKinnon agreed to an interview for UIC Radio. Jeremy McKinnon is the lead singer for the Florida-based band A Day To Remember. They played at the UIC Pavilion Sept. 18 as part of their Parks and Devastation Tour. They weren’t alone on this tour; they brought along some great bands along like Motionless in White, Chiodos and Sleeping with Sirens.
The interview with Jeremy was great: a humble musician who has so much passion for the music he creates, his fans and his family. The full interview is available to watch at UIC Radio’s YouTube page and photos from the show are on Facebook.
Doors opened promptly at 5:30 p.m. and a swarm of fans from all the bands playing that night filled the pavilion quickly. Motionless in White was the first to take the stage and they have been known to put on a great show. Their live performance was outstanding and the crowd seemed thrilled that they were there. Their set was amazing as they played songs off their latest album Reincarnate, which was released Sept. 15.
The next band hails from Michigan – Chiodos. The group has been around since 2001 and has gained worldwide recognition. Their latest album, Devil, was released in April and has brought them on a U.S. tour and they put on one great performance. Craig Owens pours out all of his energy on stage and to his audience. His fellow band mates do the same as they played some songs off their latest album but also a classic from one of their very first albums. They played, “Baby, You Wouldn’t Last a Minute on the Creek” from their album All’s Well that Ends Well; perfection!
Sleeping With Sirens is a band that is originally from Florida and has toured worldwide and has recently been working independently away from a record label. Their performance was great as they had the crowd singing along to some of their singles like “If You Can’t Hang” and “Feel.” The crowd grew in size, since it was much harder to get to the photo pit, and everyone jumped and sang along with Kellin Quinn (vocals).
Finally it was time for the final band of the night, but a band that always and I mean always, has a huge crowd roaring for them in Chicago. A Day To Remember came out to the stage with a bang …literally! They fired off cannons of confetti during their opening song “The Downfall of Us All” that instantly got the crowd jumping off the ground. The setup of their stage was a campground setting, a fake fireplace near the drummer, and rendition of Mount Rushmore replaced with the faces of the band members; it was nothing short of epic. Looking over the scene you could see the brave souls that decided to crowd surf and the braver ones that were in the mosh pits.
A Day to Remember made the Pavilion roar when they came out for a encore and played one of their most popular songs, “If It Means a Lot to You” before they closed out the amazing show.
Kris Fuentes Cortes is a senior in communication, a Boston native, an active student around campus, photographer and a dreamer of working in the world of music. She wants to become a tour manager for a band and travel internationally while she’s still young. She’s the assistant marketing director for UIC Radio.